Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute
Some patients who undergo traditional open back fusion surgery may develop a condition called failed back surgery syndrome. Failed back surgery syndrome is a term used to describe the continuation or worsening of symptoms following open spine surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your frustration and hopelessness about developing failed back surgery syndrome. You were anticipating getting better and finally moving around without pain, and the procedure that you were likely recommended has left you in worse shape than before.
You’re not alone. The unfortunate truth is that several patients who have undergone traditional open back surgery have developed more problems and pain from failed fusions. Fortunately, our safer, more effective procedures offer a treatment solution for patients with failed back surgery syndrome. The spine procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute aim to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by degenerative neck and back conditions. Our minimally invasive surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, including pain developed as a result of failed back surgery syndrome.
Types of minimally invasive proceduresOur minimally invasive surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. The type of surgery you are recommended will be determined by a review of your most current MRI report or CT scan. We offer several minimally invasive procedures, including:
- Foraminotomy, which decompresses the nerves that travel from the spinal cord through the intervertebral foramina. Foraminal narrowing and pinched nerves can occur as a result of a number of spinal anatomical abnormalities, including bone spurs, herniated discs, bulging discs, thickened ligaments and others.
- Laminotomy, which aims to relieve pressure that has been placed on the spinal cord because of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). Spinal stenosis can have many causes, including bone spurs, bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal arthritis and thickened ligaments.
- Discectomy, which involves removing the portion of a herniated or bulging disc that has invaded the spinal canal and caused the compression of a nerve root or the spinal cord.
- Facet thermal ablation, which is performed to deaden one or more medial branch nerves that innervate the facet joints. It is commonly used to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal arthritis.
Our minimally invasive procedures are also sometimes used to treat the symptoms associated with sciatica, spondylolisthesis and other common spine conditions.
The minimally invasive procedures we offer at Laser Spine Institute are performed in an outpatient setting at one of our seven world-class surgery centers across the country. Often for patients suffering from failed back surgery syndrome, a minimally invasive stabilization surgery may be necessary to treat the pain and symptoms.
Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision in the back. Through this incision, the surgeon will access the spine without disrupting any of the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Once the spine is accessed, the diseased disc or vertebrae is removed to free the impacted nerve in the spinal canal that is causing the chronic pain. For patients with failed back surgery syndrome, the surgeon might remove the spinal fusion hardware that did not set properly and is causing your pain. Once the disc, vertebrae or failed fusion hardware is removed, the surgeon will insert an implant into the empty space in the spine to offer immediate stabilization.
Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s procedures over open-spine surgeries
Laser Spine Institute offers several advantages over traditional open back surgery, such as:
- An outpatient procedure
- Minimal scar tissue formation
- Shorter recovery time^
- Muscle-sparing techniques
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort associated with a neck or back condition, our minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute could provide you with the relief you need. For more information about the treatment options available to you, please contact our Care Team today.